Go Go’ers, it’s a swell L.A. weekend from sea to shining “C is for Circus near Chinatown”.
The weather continues to pretend it’s Indian Summer instead of normal L.A. fall.
Like fall movies, autumnal events are more adult fare than teen-boy-blockbuster.
Of course, there’s a unique drinking opportunity.
See you on the streets, happy Angelenos.
Not a Cirque
Back in the day — the late 19th century day, to be exact — the circus was crammed to the gills with oddities, quirks, amazements, amusements, and delights.
Welcome to the good old days.
Starting Thursday, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros aims to deliver all of the above in one, sprawling, four-day experience with Big Top: an antidote to what band member Alex Ebert sees as the current, soulless mode of touring.
Most people probably hadn’t noticed but how nice to be considered.
Curated by the indie rock collective, which headlines every night in an intimate theater-in-the-round space, the all-ages extravaganza at the Los Angeles Historic State Park features puppets, vaudeville, music, comedy, acrobats, contortionists, burlesque, interactive theater, and film.
There’s a family friendly matinée on Sunday and an adjacent arcade-meets-bazaar area with a beer garden, vendors, artisans, games and charities.
Pack up your wonder and go.
EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS PRESENTS BIG TOP — Thurs, Oct 17 – Sat, Oct 19; 4pm-gates/7pm-Big Top. Sun, Oct 20, 10 am- gates/11 am-Big Top (matinée)/7pm-Big Top (evening); $50 – $60/all ages — Los Angeles Historic State Park, 1245 N Spring St, LA 900012 https://www.facebook.com/EdwardSharpeBigTop
Shakespeare Would Approve
Five writers. Five directors. 24 hours. Five plays.
Countless alcoholic drinks.
So, come Friday, you’ll probably be drinking. In a bar.
Also on Friday: the gang at A Working Theater! will be working hard to make sure you’re also drinking on Saturday in a bar…but with a twist of culture in your martini.
Five, award-winning (masochistic-and/or-super-inspired) writers will be assigned a popular alcoholic drink and will have twelve hours to write a fifteen minute play inspired by said spirit.
Wonder how many fingers are crossed for Sex on the Beach?
Intrepid actors paired with (obviously insane) directors will then go into “Let’s Put On a Show” hyperdrive for twelve hours to whip the written word into I’ll Drink to That!: five plays, each of which contains the phrase “I’ll Drink to That!” at least once!
Which will be your cue for bottoms up.
It’s the least you can do after all they’ve done.
I’LL DRINK TO THAT! — Sat, Oct 19, 7 pm; $8/21+ — Three of Clubs, 1123 N Vine St, Hollywood 90038 https://www.wepay.com/events/i-ll-drink-to-that Tickets are limited! Act fast!
LA: Not Lost But Still Found
Did you know Compton has a creek?
Or that L.A. once ran west to the sea?
Have you seen the Stonemason Vernacular homes derived from the Craftsman style?
This Sunday, Found L.A. can show you the answers to all of the above and more via “The River of Your Imagination”: guided tours through neighborhoods bordering the Los Angeles River.
With the Los Angeles River poised for its revitalization close-up, it’s a great time to mosey up and get acquainted.
Interested in art? Visit the river-adjacent Radford Sculpture Garden in Studio City, mural artist Judy Baca’s Great Wall of L.A. in the Tujunga Basin of the San Fernando Valley, or the five-generation Judson Stained Glass Studios in Northeast L.A.’s Garvanza neighborhood.
Garden-lovers can walk up to the self-planted Amir’s Garden in Griffith Park, join Councilman Tom LaBonge and the all-volunteer Village Gardeners of the Los Angeles River, or check out the Japanese Gardens at the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Sepulveda.
Active types can take a bird walk at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, tramp the Hansen Dam Recreation Area with knowledgeable ranger Al Torres, or ride the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition Bike Path from Elysian Valley to Golden Road Brewery.
Go Go’ers, the latter proves that sometimes, it’s about the journey AND the destination!
Tours are free but advance registration is required for morning and afternoon tours. Don’t get left behind.
FOUND LA: “THE RIVER OF YOUR IMAGINATION — Sun, Oct 20; tours at various times from 9 am – 4 pm; FREE For times/locations/info, go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/4679344719
MORE WEEKEND GO GO FUN:
Link ‘n Hops Oktoberfest: Pumpkin Beer! Rattlesnake Sausage! Classic cars! Oct 19-20
Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater: Stalactites! Ghost songs! Clairvoyance! Oct 17-Nov 24
Invisible Cities Opera: Trains! Opera! Headphones! Oct 19-Nov 8
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….